Seller's Guide: Cleaning and Decluttering

Step One: Make your home feel welcoming to buyers

Expert Info:

“Many potential buyers may not see past dirt and clutter. If the house is crowded with the owner’s ‘stuff,’ they will assume that the house is too small for their possessions. Too much clutter also poses a safety - and buying - hazard! A person who trips over items left on the stairs is unlikely to have a good feeling about the house. In addition, a clean, clutter-free environment is more attractive than a grimy, untidy one.”

- Clean Living Institute

A clean home is one of the most important factors that buyers look for when deciding to make an offer. Creating a feeling of tidiness and organization in your home can go a long way.

Achieving a spotless home

  • Wash your windows and dust everything including ceiling fans, lampshades, and mini-blinds

  • Hang up fresh towels in your bathrooms

  • Re-caulk around showers, tubs, and sink

  • Brighten up scuffed walls with a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color

  • Replace outdated and worn carpet and rugs

De-clutter your home

  • Remove pieces of furniture from overcrowded rooms

  • De-clutter by packing away knick-knacks and personal items

  • Clean off your counter tops

  • Organize drawers throughout the house

Pay special attention to closets and storage areas where the space can easily look cluttered. Clearing excess clutter can make your house feel more spacious and welcoming to buyers.

De-personalize your home

  • Remove all personal photos

  • Pack up your collections

  • Remove controversial artwork and strong political or religious statements

  • Remove trophies, awards & certificates

  • Remove all items from the bathroom counter, tub and shower



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15117 Main St. B106

Mill Creek, WA 98012


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Ste. 221 

Everett, WA 98201



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